Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday and More Problems

I slept fairly well last night and got up at my regular 5:00AM time. I put the two house dogs out to pee and Hoover was determined to come back in the house. I had to forcefully say "no!!" to him.

I fixed my oatmeal and had that and some juice for breakfast. Then I turned on the TV. There was "no signal". I went to wash my bowl and discovered there was no hot water anywhere. Weird!  I informed Leslie of all this and she told me to just put the dogs out and go home where I could have a nice warm bath. I told her I would survive without TV. and a nice warm bath. I have my library book. I can take another sponge bath this evening.  I will stay with the dogs. I don't trust the coyotes around here.

They have TV upstairs too. I could go watch it there. Surely it will work. It isn't the satellite anyhow.

More later...

I had the dogs inside for quite awhile but it is a nice cool day so I finally put them out and went upstairs to watch "Lucky Dog" on the upstairs TV.

Leslie contacted me to ask me to try the stove and see if the gas was on. It was. That means the tank must be out. I checked and it isn't leaking and that is good. It also is not warm.  So the hot water I used to wash my lunch dishes yesterday must have been all that was in the tank.

She said they had been having trouble with the living room TV. It isn't the TV. It is probably the Harman/Kardon Dish amplifier or receiver. It won't turn on unless the glass doors are open now.

It is almost 11:00AM and I think I will have another sandwich for lunch.

I see Raven is lying on the front porch. She barked to get back in an hour ago but then she wanted a treat. I have given both her and Mini a treat earlier but I don't want to overdo it like I had to do with Hoover.

It was in and out for awhile there. I think it is nice and cool out there and Raven had a bowel  accident earlier on the little rug in the great room and I cleaned that up and used soap and water to clean it and then I wiped her bottom with several wet paper towels. She needs to be outside right now.

More even later....

Ray, John's Brother-in Law came over and checked out the hot water tank. It was working fine. My hot water in my apartment is on the right knob. I understand the standard location is on the left. I was  trying to fill the tub by using the right side knob. And it takes awhile for the water from the tank to get to the bathroom. I was also trying to do the dishes using the right knob for hot water.

And as far as the TV is concerned, they have been having problems with it too so you have to pull the plug on the surge protector with the plug in it and count to ten and then plug it in again. Presto! TV again.

All this concern with no hot water and no TV was just my ignorance.

It has been cooler all day and the dogs have spent a lot of time outside. Mini wanted in awhile ago and so Raven wanted in too. I think I will just make myself another sandwich for a supper. I think the kids must have eaten the Schwan's stuff. I don't see it in either the frig or the freezer. I will only get half a sandwich anyhow. Mini and Raven will want half of it. :)

It is 5:00PM now. In a couple of hours I will  take a nice hot bath and then at 9:00PM I will go on to bed.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday and Dog Sitting

I slept fairly well last night. It was after 5:00AM when I finally woke up. I had a little trouble getting to sleep but slept well when I finally did.

I have packed everything for going out to John and Leslie's to dog sit for the weekend..I am so glad to do that. It is something I can do for them after they do so much for me. All three of my kids do. They are so good to me in my old age.

I will go out there there I go to the post office at 8:00AM. I have a book to send to Dean. He likes those special books about Coffeyville. The Coffeyville Journal put them together long ago. At one time, I had all of them but over the years I have lost a couple. When I was cleaning yesterday, I discovered I had two of "Coffeyville's Legacy" and offered one of them to him. He was delighted! He had found one in a second hand shop last spring when he was here. Now he will have two of them. I will keep my eyes open for more of them. I sometimes rummage through the second hand shops at Coffeyville to kill time between appointments on Wednesdays.

The cat and her kittens have been here already this morning. They cleaned out the food bowl earlier and were waiting for me to refill it. Usually only two of her kittens come with her. I don't know what happened to the other three.  They will have a hungry weekend since I will be out at John and Leslie's for the weekend.

It looks like they may have taken the rain out of the forecast until Sunday now. 

I am reading a library book I got Wednesday at Coffeyville.  It is called "The Longevity Paradox", It is written by a doctor who professes to teach us "How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age." His name is Steven Gundry. I am reading it but don't know if I can follow his advice. Still I will read his book this weekend. You never know.

More later. I still have to pack up the laptop computer.

I have packed everything and am heading to the post office and will leave from there to go to the kids'.

I got here and the dogs all came to greet me. Mini and Raven were out too and I sat out with all of them for a long while. I visited with Ginger, my daughter-in-law for awhile on the phone. This is her day off. Then I came in and Raven wanted back in too. I texted Leslie for awhile as they were going through Topeka. Leslie told me it was a 9 1/2 hour drive up there.

Soon Mini wanted back in too. So now both Mini and Raven are in. Octavia was in the garden shed. she came out to greet me when I brought Mini in. I don't see Hoover right now. At least I know he is out there somewhere.

I think I will make a sandwich out of that shaved turkey Leslie said she had bought.  It's lunch time for me.  I ate my oatmeal very early this morning.

That's what I had for lunch. I fed half my sandwich to Mini and Raven. They begged and I couldn't resist.

Halfway through the afternoon I went upstairs and found Hoover had sneaked in with the house dogs and gone upstairs to the office to sleep.  I tried my best to get him to come downstairs so I finally got the treats and coaxed him downstairs with them. He was not interested in going outside even though it was very nice and cool. He is not housebroken through so I had to get him downstairs and out. Even after 45 minutes of coaxing him with treats, he still did not want to go outside. I finally put a leash on him and pulled him out the back door. I wasn't sure if he would bite me or not but I knew he had to go outside.

I watched TV later..PBS had a special on and I can no longer get PBS on my TV at home. So I watched that until bedtime. I went to take a bath and discovered I no longer had hot water. (I later learned I had been trying to get hot water out of the cold faucet) So I took a cold sponge bath. Then I let the dogs out one more time and went to bed.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursday and Pouring Rain

The rain started about 1:30AM this morning and it has been pouring down rain ever since.

I will clean the apartment this morning and later on this afternoon pack for my stay at John and Leslie's. I got up shortly after 5:30AM this morning and have dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee. I will get my chai latte now.

I put some more food out for the cat and her kittens but it has rained too much for them to make it back for their breakfast. The bowl was empty this morning. So they made it before the storm began.

I lost another classmate this week. That makes two in August, We are fast dying off. We have 122 left. 144 are deceased and we have lost 26 who did not stay in touch with any of the four of us that have been the class locators and done the newsletters all these years.

More later....

I got the vacuuming finished and the vacuum cleaned up. I will wait for the filters to dry before putting it back together again. I am always amazed at how much dirt I pick up on Thursdays when I vacuum and wash the bare floors. Usually I take my shoes off and leave them by the door. Still I get a lot of dirt out of the carpet.

I asked Karen R. to call me when she gets up but she hasn't done that. I wanted to tell her what Suzanne told me last evening.

It finally stopped raining here a little before noon. 

The cat and her kittens must have come while Nancy and I were at brunch.  Their dish was empty, I filled and covered it again.  Nancy and I were entertained by Tim Perkins with tales about his episodes with his cows and bull. We stayed longer then usual as long as he was there.

More later...

I finally got a hold of Karen R. and she says she cannot even think about moving until she gets her three properties ready to list and sold. I texted Suzanne about her answer.

Leslie texted me about their plans for leaving tomorrow morning. She will put the dogs out if it is not raining and they will leave at 7:00AM. She says I can come out when I am ready. I have decided that since I get up at 5:00AM, I will just pack early in the morning after my breakfast of oatmeal.  It is 1:30PM now and I will finish dusting. That's all I need to do now.  I need to dust the bedroom.

It's 6:22PM now and I am preparing to take my bath at 7:00PM and  go to bed at 9:00PM. I will be up early in the morning, as usual, and get packed to go to John and Leslie's for the weekend.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday and a Very Busy Day

I slept well again last night. I haven't had to take melatonin for a couple of weeks. That's good considering the time I spend on the computer where the blue light is emitting. I don't spend a lot of time on the TV because there is so little in programming that I care anything about. I would like to have PBS but my simple package that I have to have to use my Tivo, doesn't carry it anymore. I got up around 5:00AM, my usual time.

Bob is buying my breakfast this morning at 7:00AM. I have a busy day ahead. First at 7:00AM, I have this breakfast with Bob, then at 9:30AM, I have my hair appointment, Then at 11:15AM I have my semi annual doctor's appointment. I am supposed to have my blood work done this time. I will spend some time at the Coffeyville library reading after that to kill some time before 2:00PM when I have Bunco at Asbury Village. That is over at 4:00PM and I will come back home. It will be a busy day.

Tomorrow I will clean the apartment and maybe have lunch with Nancy is she is not sick again. She has had an upset stomach all week.

Then Friday, I will go out to John and Leslie's and dog sit their four dogs while they go to South Dakota to a meeting. I will be there until Sunday morning when I will go to church.

More later....

I stopped at Dollar General and bought the gifts for the Bunco game at the senior center. Then took them to Janet's office to have them there just in case I can't come that day for some reason. 

It is 4:33PM and I am exhausted! It was a huge day..although fun playing Bunco at Asbury Village! There were only nine playing this time. Undoubtedly, it was just too hot for some to get out.

I stopped at Sonic and bought a small banana shake for lunch and when I took the lid off, it overflowed everywhere. I contacted the kitchen and had them send back the person who delivered it with wet paper towels and napkins. I did get the mess cleaned up but it was way too full to begin with.

It is very hot this evening. The cooler weather that the mower thought would come today did not come and it is 92 degrees out there and very humid. I hope she comes to mow tonight. If not, I will mow in the morning myself if it doesn't rain tonight. The yard really needs it!

The mower came this evening about 6:00PM. We are forecast for rain later this evening and she and her stepfather hoped to beat the rain...and they did. I paid her when she finished and Suzanne will write her a check....for tax purposes.

They finished about 7:30PM doing both my yard and the one on the other side of the duplex. I came in here to finish the blog and then I will take my bath and get my pjs on and get ready for bed. It has been a big day for me too. But I am really delighted to get the grass mowed for the week. When they left, I went out and swept off the drive and put a new bag in the bag buddy.

I won't be going to bed until 9:00PM.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday and a Quiet Day

I slept well again last night and was up shortly before 5:00AM and dressed and had my oatmeal, coffee and Chai and then began reading.

About 10:15AM or so, I went out to the restaurant and had "brunch". My eyes were bigger then my stomach and so I brought some of it home with me. I will eat it later. It is chicken salad. I ate the muffin and the fruit and part of the chicken salad.

Yesterday I texted the mother of my mower and asked if they could mow this evening instead last evening. It was terribly hot last evening. 94 degrees but the heat index was 104 degrees. They chose to try to mow tomorrow evening... which is fine. I only hope it doesn't rain before she can get it done. Her mother said it was supposed to be cooler tomorrow evening.  I texted Suzanne about the change and she asked me to text the mower's mom and ask them to mow next door too. Suzanne told me that the kids next door have bought a house and will be moving into it September 1st. That's probably a good idea. They don't want to mow weekly and in their own home, they won't have to.

Suzanne's sister, Judy, who is 80 years old, had a wreck this week in her car and totaled it. She was unconscious and is confused too now. Suzanne is staying with her for awhile and taking her to  the hospital in Bartlesville for tests tomorrow to try to find out what is the matter.   Judy lives in Bartlesville. I thought she might have had a TIA.

I am doing my semi weekly laundry today. It's mostly towels and underwear.

Tomorrow I will go back to Coffeyville, I may eat breakfast with Bob, go to the bank and to my hair appointment at 9:30AM and then at 11:15AM I will go to my doctor's appointment. I am to have my blood work done tomorrow. Then  later at 2:00PM I will go to play Bunco at Asbury Village. I will come home afterward to help the 15 year old girl yard mower to stay hydrated as she mows.

I may go to the library there too after I go to the doctor's appointment.... to kill some time. They have a lot more selection there then here at Caney's library. And the Caney library is only open part days. Monday, Wednesday and Friday they are open noon until 6:00PM. Tuesday they are open noon until 7:00PM and Thursday they are open 8:00AM until 1:00PM. Saturday they are open 8:00AM until 2:00PM. Very confusing!! And yesterday I renewed my library card at Coffeyville. It is good for all of Montgomery County.

Thursday I will clean house again. Nancy and I may go to lunch if she is doing better. This week she has had an upset stomach again.

I just folded out my laundry when it was dry. I put all but the towels away. I will hang them in the bathroom later.

I only got the Reporter and some advertisements in the mail. I threw away the advertisements. I did the crossword puzzle in the Reporter. Then I put the Reporter in the trunk of my car to give to Karan to take to the Coffeyville kennels.

I read Ron Dawbarn's book all afternoon and finally finished it. It was very interesting. It was too hot to even be outside. The only thing I did outside was to deadhead the flowers in the flowerbed and water it.

Keith called on his way home from his work and we had a nice visit. I really appreciate the way he stays in touch.

In the meanwhile I called the Anderson's to see if they had Karen's cell number and they did. Patty gave to to me and I tried to call Karen. She evidently did not have her phone with her and was working out in the yard. I called Nancy back and told her I had found Karen's cell phone number. Then after I quit talking to Nancy, I called Karen again and this time she picked up. I told her about the duplex next door that will be empty the first of the month but she has three pieces of property to dispose of before she can rent this duplex. It may be a year before she could do that. But she is interested. Surely it will be empty again by then.

At 7:00PM, I took my bath and at 9:00PM, I will go on to bed.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday and Another Good Night's Sleep

I slept well again last night. It's been at least a week since I have taken any melatonin. I have just been sleeping much better. It was nearly 6:00AM before I woke up this morning. I woke up a time or two in the night but got right back to sleep.

I will try to get over to Cherryvale sometime today to have a couple of adjustments to my appliance. It is touching and rubbing in two different places and I think he just needs to reduce the acrylic in those two places a little and smooth off where he takes it off so it doesn't rub on the tissue in my mouth. I will call over there when they open at 7:00AM.

I have made my bed, dressed, and had my oatmeal and coffee and Chai for breakfast. The cat and her kittens have come and eaten the cat food I left out.....three times I filled that little double bowl. Strange...she won't let that lone little yellow kitten eat.  The other three are gray, like her. He looks like the tom cat.

I have texted Bob and he is o.k. this morning. He too has been sleeping better. I left some cookies and a piece of coffeecake for him...and the Porter peaches.

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This is the classmate, Dean, that came to visit last week. He began our class newsletter right after we graduated from High School in 1953. I believe he was at KU when he sent out the first issue. He kept it 20 years before he passed it on to another classmate in Oklahoma City. She kept it 10 years and passed it on to a classmate in Arkansas who passed it on to me over 21 years ago. I have done it every year since that and send it out to all the classmates we have kept in touch with over the years.

There were almost 300 of us at that time. 143 of us are deceased now. We have lost track of 26 of us. The rest are still with us. I send out a seven page newsletter in December, between Christmas and New Years each year to all of them.

I think it is really neat that we have managed to stay in touch all these years. They send me their news in December each year either by e-mail or in a Christmas card. I edit it down to news mainly about them and their spouses to keep the letter to seven pages. 68 of them get a hard copy. The rest get it by e-mail.

I will be dog sitting again this next weekend out at John and Leslie's house. They will be gone to South Dakota to a meeting. I will go out on Friday and stay until Sunday.

I have a 2:30PM appointment to have that adjustment done at the dentist in Cherryvale.

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I tried it and it works! 84 + 1935=2019 (I will be 84 this year in December).

I left a little early to go by way of Coffeyville to go to the bank and get gas at the Woodshed. I also wanted to get glass cleaner and bottled water for the church at Walmart. I got that and then went on up to Cherryvale and stopped at Sonic and got a banana milk shake. ( I didn't want to eat anything because I was going to the dentist and had already brushed and flossed my teeth. (that's my story and I am sticking with it)

Anyhow, it was terribly hot...93 degrees but the humidity is awfully high. I got into the dental office a little early and he may have got my problem solved. He said he would rather take a little off at a time then to take too much off at one time.  I appreciate that.

When I got back home, I had an e-mail from Pam Green. She has lost her mother yesterday. The mother had fallen in July and been in and out of hospitals and emergency rooms ever since. Last Wednesday they put her in hospice and she passed away yesterday early morning. She had been in terrible pain! I sent a card from myself and one from the congregation. Her brother is struggling with the loss! I will put the family on the prayer list. We each need to add them as we make up the bulletin.

More later...

I have worked on a paper that I did with Ron Dawbarn several years ago and I have now printed it off. I think I will re-read it this week. It has been years. Ron died several years ago right after his son killed himself. I have lost track of Joyce.

It is 6:45PM  now and Naloney will mow on Wednesday instead of tonight. Her mother thinks it may cool off a little by then. It is just too hot tonight and the humidity is horrible. Her mother has the flu now too. I wonder if she took the flu shot?

I will go take my bath and then read awhile. Then at 9:00PM I will go on to bed.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday and a Big Morning

I slept well last night. I woke up several times but always got right back to sleep. I got up shortly before 5:00AM. I knew I had a lot to do this morning. Not only did I make sure to feed the cat and her kittens but I baked my coffeecake and also a cake for the First Christian Church in Independence.  They are starting up their Tuesday evening dinners again after a month long break and we provide cakes for their desserts. I got the coffeecake baked first and when it was cooled some, I iced it with a glaze. Then I mixed up the cake and got it in the oven. When the timer went off, I tested it and it was not quite done so I turned off the oven and left it in there for a couple more minutes. Just a little while ago, I tested it again and it is done and cooling now.

I take the coffeecake for the church school study group and son-in-law, John, and my two local great grandchilden and anyone else who comes for church and wants some. If I have any left, I bag it up in sandwich bags and give it away. I take some to Nancy if there is enough. She really likes it. If I have several pieces, I give some to Steve and Suzanne, my landlady and landlord, too.

I have half a can of chocolate icing to ice the cake with.  I will take it to church and put it in the freezer there and Bob can pick it up on his way to Independence on Tuesday. He will have his and Phyllis' and Karan's too.  It is 7:35AM now and I want to leave here at 8:00AM so I will have time to finish washing the front door before folks begin to come. Cyndi cleaned yesterday but she ran out of Windex before she got the door done. I have some window isn't Windex but it will do. I am taking it. Next time I go to Walmart, I will buy some more Windex for the church.

I don't know where we will eat lunch today. I would like to go to Great China but that depends on what the others want to do.

More later... I had better get that cake iced.

Well, I got the cake iced and everything loaded into my car and got as far as the highway and recalled that I had forgotten the peaches I was taking to Bob.  So I turned around and went back to the apartment and got those peaches out of the frig and took them to church. I put the cake for the First Christian Church in Independence in the freezer there and cut the coffeecake and got out the plates and napkins and plastic forks.  My son-in-law and the great  grandchildren came in and had some coffeecake. My daughter soon followed and when the others came, they got some too. I had two pieces left so I brought one home for Nancy and the other one for myself.

The church service went well and we all went up to Great China for lunch. Chris didn't come because his mother was doing a fish fry for him and herself. Gene and Mike didn't come either. Mike has a wife at home to eat with. Karan was eating with her inlaws. But there were nine of us that went to Great China. It was very good!

I came home afterward and did my newsletters and got them out on the mailbox for the postman to pick up tomorrow.

Next Friday I will go out to John and Leslie's again to stay with the dogs while they go to South Dakota to a meeting of the people in his business. He sells a liquid vitamin and mineral supplement for cattle. Some of his customers use that supplement year around. Others use it only during the winter months.

It is 2:30PM now and I want to see if Nancy is home so I can take her coffeecake to her.

I finally reached Nancy about 4:00PM and took the coffeecake over to her. She wanted me to stay and visit again.I stayed until 5:30PM. She had had diarrhea all day and slept all day between episodes. It finally got stopped about 3:00PM.

When I got home I watched 60 Minutes at 6:00PM and then took my bath and put my PJs on.  I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM as usual. It's just 7:15PM right now.